Alan Shearer has lambasted the current state of Manchester United, insisting that the ‘public shambles’ at Old Trafford would never have occurred under Sir Alex Ferguson’s watch.
United are in turmoil on and off the pitch, with a dreadful 3-2 defeat away at Brighton last weekend only serving to emphasise the problems inside the club.
Boss Jose Mourinho has made clear his displeasure at the transfer business conducted over the summer, putting a strain on his relationship with vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
Meanwhile, The Portuguese’s relationship with his players, most notably Paul Pogba has deteriorated, to point where the World Cup winner’s agent Mino Raiola has got involved.
All this has made for an unseemly start to the season, and Shearer insists it is not a good look for a club used to much higher standards.
‘It was inevitable that dominance would decline once Sir Alex Ferguson lifted the Premier League in his final season,’ Shearer told The Sun.
‘United have tried everything to halt the slide. Three managers and hundreds of millions on new players — but they seem to have no plan.
‘There has been no real title challenge and now, just two games into the season, it seems there is chaos behind the scenes and a total lack of leadership from the top.
‘At arguably the biggest club in the world, the executive vice-chairman, one of the best managers in the game and a star-studded array of players are simply not pulling in the same direction.
‘This sort of public shambles would never have been allowed to happen under Fergie and David Gill. It was the United way or you were out. They need to sort things out behind the scenes and quickly.’
United have a chance to return the focus to matters on the pitch on Monday evening, when they face Tottenham at home.